Executive Producer Jamie Nichols presents CELEBRATE DANCE 2006 for one night only at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, Saturday, March 25th at 8:00pm. Nichols’ penchant for selecting dance companies of various genres has proven successful with the multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards and nominations garnered by the companies she has produced the past three years at the Alex Theater. Having been Artistic Director of her own contemporary dance company Fast Feet for twenty-three years, Nichols understands the need for dance companies to present work in a professional atmosphere and her mission is to provide dance companies with a world-class venue, present enlightening & entertaining premieres to the diverse Los Angeles public and offer affordable ticket prices for all ages.

CELEBRATE DANCE 2006 will be an exceptional event presenting seven companies & choreographers celebrating diversity in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance idioms. Nichols brings to The Alex Theatre a bevy of gifted artists and their premieres including: Backhausdance - a vibrant contemporary company will ignite with a hot and lively Latin piece - winner of three 2004 Lester Horton Dance Awards and recently The Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival ‘05 in Palm Desert, Djanbazian Dance Company winner of four Horton Awards in 2004 and two Grand Prix Italia ‘05 Awards - blend exceptional ballet and modern skills with traditional dance flavor featuring the “phenomenal” Arsen Serobian.
Jazz Antiqua Dance & Music Ensemble directed by Pat Taylor celebrates the African American roots of the jazz tradition with visceral jazz dance and powerful enticing choreography, San Pedro City Ballet nominated for 2004 Horton Award for Performance Company will bring Silence to the stage with sixteen dancers in a tribute to 9/11danced to the music of Ligeti and Khachturian and Pennington Dance Group led by veteran Lewitzky Dance Company member and renowned choreographer/teacher John Pennington offers modern dance of highest caliber influenced by the Bella Lewitzky legacy.
Nichols will give Los Angeles the debut of two contemporary ballet companies from San Francisco: Liss Fain Dance with the compelling The Line Between Night & Day performed to music by Messiaen and Viktor Kabaniaev and Dancers dancing the de-constructed duet White Light fused with the music of Arvo Part. Kabaniaev from St. Petersburg, Russia and former dancer with Eifman Ballet, was awarded “First Laureate” at the 3rd International Serge Diahgilev Competition for Choreographers in Poland ’04 and most recently “Grand Prize” at The Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival ‘05 in Palm Desert.

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